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On Loving the Cold!

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Featured, How-To's, Quotes & Thoughts, Uncategorized | Comments Off on On Loving the Cold!

On Loving the Cold!

(Image: “winter landscape” by dan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net) As the temperature begins to drop and the days get darker, I begin to hear a lot of complaints about the cold weather and impending winter. Granted, it’s often coming out of my mouth, however certainly not exclusively so. ..( You know who you are. And what are we doing living in Canada anyway if we have a problem with winter ;)) In the spirit of gratitude that we aim to cultivate and grow every day, here are some things that I enjoy about these cooler seasons that I like to remember, and would like to share (so you can remind me when I go off again!): *Persimmons are back, cheap and delicious. If you missed it last year, here is my ode to this delicious fruit. *Now is truly the best time to eat spicy foods. I take this time to enjoy hot spiciness on most everything. Warms you up right from the inside and keeps your nasal passages clear. *Drinking tea especially brewing homemade chai tea right on the stovetop. The intoxicating scent of ginger, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom wafting through the house is heavenly. Apple cider and mulled wine is nice too! And what about soup and freshly baked bread? There’s nothing like making your own food and feeling the heat and enjoying the anticipation of a hot, delicious, nourishing meal. Mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm! Lest you think all that I enjoy about fall and winter is food, let me tell you about: *Bundling up in the long, precious scarf my mom lovingly knit me, knowing that she spent many hours and put so much care into it to keep me warm. *Snowy nights and the crisp air. How beautiful and peaceful! Consider a winter morning after a snowfall and the beauty of the snow draped branches. *How about slip-sliding on the sidewalk? Snowball fights with friends? One is never too old to toboggan and just get totally dunked and covered in snow, not caring about being dry or dignified.  What of the beauty of rosy cheeks? *How about curling around a fireplace and feeling its light and warmth? How about holidays and parties and red wine and cheese trays (oh, guilty pleasures!)? *Cuddling under warm covers and watching a movie or reading a great book.   I feel the winter is a great time to commit to a lengthy classic. This is how I finally read War and Peace (particularly recommended for those who complain about winter and the cold – get a taste of Russian winter as experienced by the unknowing  troops of Napoleon! BRRRRRR!!!). *How about skiing and snowboarding and skating and hot chocolate?   *How about trying something new? A friend of mine was just talking about her plans to go dog-sledding in Algonquin Park this winter for the second time. She said it was such a rush… You in? How are you making this fall/winter...

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There is Enough

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Featured, Quotes & Thoughts, Uncategorized | Comments Off on There is Enough

There is Enough

Recently, I joined the online traveler’s network, CouchSurfing.com. I was preparing for a trip to London, U.K, a location I had never traveled to, and was therefore lacking contacts in. While browsing the network for available hosts (an activity that felt eerily like creeping an online dating website) I came upon a review for a potential candidate. I was so taken by the reviewer’s warm words, and, upon visiting his page, his fascinating views and interests, that I decided to contact him. Since then, we have become good penpals. I look forward to receiving his emails (he is currently away from his hometown of Seattle, travelling through Europe and full of touching and exciting stories of his travels), and I am moved by how sincerely open we both are, as relative strangers. Now, being hundreds of thousands of miles apart may be just the buffer to enable real openness in a culture that often feels estranged. Indeed, at our nearest in daily life here in Toronto, it seems we are the most alienated (think of a packed subway car at rush hour, and the multitude of averting eyes). And yet, the longing for intimacy is palpable. I am frequently endeared to strangers, but I don’t always reach out to them with a smile or acknowledgement. I often puzzle over this hesitation about the innate desire to connect. It seems that protection is the action fear advises when confronted with intimacy. It is easy to feel safe when distant enough from others to be less than visible. However, the impulses of protection or defensiveness are rooted in the belief that there is not enough within us or for us to be truly seen and received as such. At the heart of the Shambhala tradition, a secular revisioning of the core Tibetan Buddhist teachings evolved by Choygam Trungpa Rinpoche, is the idea of basic goodness; it states that the foundation of everything is a goodness without foil, without opposite. In my experience, committing to this truth is like tapping into a limitless spring; it is about a deep and inalienable knowing that there is enough. If there is anything my own journey has taught me it’s that perspective is key; if we hold to the belief that there is not enough then we will invite and act out that reality. It is truly up to us what kind of world we wish to live in. And we have the power to choose. So, why not choose abundance? Why not choose basic goodness? What if, even in our day-to-day encounters, we could approach each other, and perhaps most importantly ourselves, holding that longing for connection, buoyed by our sense of these innate truths? If I ever meet my penpal face-to-face, I will choose to hold this abundance in my heart. Perhaps the next time you get on the subway, you will choose to share a smile or kind word with a...

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Unleash Your Creative Potential!

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in Featured, Health, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on Unleash Your Creative Potential!

Unleash Your Creative Potential!

Remember back in grade school when there was such a mix of activity and exposure to many forms of art?  What a fun time of play and creativity! Slowly as we progress through the stages of school or work, we become more static and routine with what we do.  It’s time to allow that inner artist to break free (and if you have already done so~~BRAVO!). For even just a short amount of time, make an effort every single day to dance to some fun music, letting your body move and shimmy to a favourite playlist/CD or some tunes on the radio. Take a weekend afternoon to recreate art class~~paint, draw, sculpt, CREATE! Get your hands dirty and enjoy the essence of your imagination.  Don’t worry if there is no exact result in mind or perfect outcome, just let your artistic self express freely! An art form that I take great indulgence in is writing.  I love how the words play on paper.  The feeling of script caressing the pages of a beautiful notebook and my thoughts running wild to eventually land safely on a page, this for me is truly therapeutic. Expressing yourself through art is one of the most truly liberating feelings.  It’s like allowing your heart to play on the swings, exhilarating yet secure.  I encourage you to incorporate some form of expressive art everyday or at least once a week take some time out for yourself.   Have fun again! Let the kid in you emerge and experience the wonderful realm of art as a method of healing and a meditative experience. Some suggestions to help you express and unleash your creative potential: Painting Sculpting/Playing with Clay Drawing Writing Dancing Singing Acting Sewing Quilting Scrapbooking Photography Enjoy! [Image...

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Clear Day Magic

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Events, Featured, Health, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Clear Day Magic

Clear Day Magic

On Saturday October 27th Source Centre co-hosted a Clear Day event with Integrate Chiropractic (Dr. Derek Cain).  All week we have been receiving exceptional feedback from our attendees!  Clear Days are a full day community healing event that Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) chiropractors around the world create to provide a focused and intensified environment for people who have been under NSA care.  At Clear Days we provide 3 powerful entrainments to the participants over the course of the day.  We generally have 4 or 5 NSA chiropractors working side by side during these sessions and with many people receiving entrainments at once a powerful synergy is created.  The 3 entrainments take our participants on a journey through the “Seasons of Wellbeing”: Discover, Transform, and Awaken.  We also provide workshops to deepen the healing process.  This time around we had a Somato Respiratory Integration Workshop with Angie Dairou that left people with a deep knowing that they are “ENOUGH”… just as they are… even though they may have been told otherwise for much of their lives.  We also had Virma take our participants through a Kundalini Yoga workshop which got people moving anger in their bodies and connecting with love in their heart.  Myself and my husband, Dr. Robert Coddington, shared a workshop on understanding masculine and feminine energies within each of us and we experienced how to cultivate more masculine or feminine presence in our bodies.  Included in the day was a truly delicious lunch provided by “Portobello Burger”. I used to be surprised by the magic that would unfold with these healing events.  Nowadays I come to expect it.  This Clear Day did not disappoint.  It is incredible to witness our Practice Members touching deep places within and then being opened up to the magic within their hearts.  I am grateful to the work of Dr. Donald Epstein who has helped us provide such powerful and transformational work to so many people.  I am also grateful to our communities and participants who love this work and keep coming back for more and more depth, healing, and growth.  Here is what one of our participants, who has been to numerous Clear Days, wanted to share with anyone who is interested in participating: “Enter with a heart that is open to yourself, others, and discovery.  Suspend the desire to judge or leave with answers.  Be open.  Then hold the events, feeling, energy of the day in your heart for as long as possible afterwards and you will learn and/or grow from the richness of everyone’s experience.”   Stay tuned for the next Clear Day – set to happen in the spring of...

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Dr. Leo’s October 2012 Beijing Trip

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Featured, Short Entries | Comments Off on Dr. Leo’s October 2012 Beijing Trip

Dr. Leo’s October 2012 Beijing Trip

Months ago, the idea was hatched for my family and I to see some of Beijing’s biggest attractions. The circumstances were perfect. I hadn’t vacationed with my family in ages. Beijing’s sandstorm and summer seasons had long passed. The $99 dollar, 7-day, group tour was too good to pass up. I had never seen Beijing and was dying to travel! All I had to do was pay for my flight and gratuity to the tour guide and bus driver. I had experience with a previous overseas group-tour and knew what I was signing up for. The daily investment was clear. Early morning wake-up calls. Long bus rides between each point of interest, and, once at each destination, a relatively short visit for photos and walking tour. Three set meals per day. Copious amounts of commentary from the tour guide. Your most relaxing vacation it definitely is not! The reward? Beijing was an amazing guided experience! The highlights were many. A peaceful time with mom and dad. Making friends with my travel mates; a few were especially great company (thanks to Galvin, Cathy, Lily and Mei!), and were incredibly helpful in translating Cantonese and Mandarin for me. Some amazing entertainment watching the Golden Mask Dynasty, great scenery and architecture. and decent food to boot. Climbing the Great Wall was perhaps the most memorable and challenging adventure while in Bejing. Some of the climbs were 45 degrees for minutes on end! As positive as it was, Beijing was also a challenging experience. Beijing traffic made Toronto look silky smooth in comparison. The urban smog was noticeable, and a huge contrast to being up in the mountains. All the hours sitting on an airplane and bus was a breeding ground for tension and stiffness. I was left stiff indeed, and it could have been much worse had I not taken measures to ensure good health. What measures you ask? I’ll share with you on my next blog post! In the meantime, enjoy these pictures that I snapped while touring Beijing. Yours in health,Dr. Leo   Looking out from a watchtower on the Great Wall of China Drying cabbage and chiles for the winter Try some scorpion, seahorse or silkworm? MacDonald’s does desert differently in China Crowding to see the Emperor’s Palace at the Forbidden City Big Video Displays at Tiananmen Square Temple of Heaven,...

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‘Dip-Off’ Winning Recipe!

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Featured, Recipes, Uncategorized | Comments Off on ‘Dip-Off’ Winning Recipe!

‘Dip-Off’ Winning Recipe!

(Image: Bowl of Green Olives by adamr / FreeDigitalPhotos.net) We’re pleased to bring you the crowd’s favourite dip from our Source Centre Social ‘Dip-Off’ event. Brought to the Social by Dr. Allison Barriscale and adapted from the Moosewood Resaurant – New Classics, this dip is great served with crackers or crisp toast or your carb of choice. It’s also extremely easy and quick to make. GREEN OLIVE & ARTICHOKE TAMPENADEYields about 3 cupsTotal time: 30 minutes   Ingredients:5 artichoke hearts (14-ounce can, drained)1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped1 cup pitted green or Spanish garlic olives2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel (optional) to 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oilcracked or ground black pepper to taste Toast walnuts at 350º in a single layer on an unoiled baking tray for about 5 minutes, until fragrant. In the bowl of a food processor*, whirl the artichoke hearts, walnuts, olives, garlic, parsley, and lemon peel, if using, for a few seconds until everything is uniformly minced. Scrape down the sides if necessary, add the lemon juice and olive oil, and process for a few more seconds until the mixture forms a rough paste (not a smooth puree but a cohesive paste). Season with pepper to taste.  Enjoy! *Can also be done in a blender, if a food processor is unavailable.Tapenade is best served at room temperature and can be stored, covered and refrigerated, for up to a week. PER 1-OUNCE SERVIING: 77 CALORIES, 1.4 G PROTEIN, 7.4 G FAT, 2.5 G ARBOHYDRATES, 0.8 G SATURATED FATTY ACIDS, 0 MG CHOLESTEROL, 241 MG SODIUM, .4 G TOTAL DIETARY...

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